Elite Athletes

WELCOME ELITE ATHLETES

Spirit Run is proud to welcome the Elite Athletes to the 34th Annual Newport Mesa Spirit Run.

 

SPIRIT RUN HONORARY ELITES 

Steve Scott – Three Time Olympian, World Record Holder Most Sub 4 Minute Miles, Cal State San Marcos Coach,

Spirit Run Supporter Since 1983

 

  • 3 time Olympian, 80, 84, 88, 1500 meters
  • Silver Medal World Championships 1983, 1500 meters
  • American Record holder in the mile for 25 years, 3:47.69
  • Former American Record holder mile, 1500, 2000 and 3000 meters, indoor and outdoor
  • 136 Sub-four minute miles, most in history
  • Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Cal St San Marcos 18 years, 3 National NAIA Championships, Women’s Cross Country

 

 

 

Ceci St. Geme – Olympic Trial Qualifer, 5k National Champion, NCAA Champion, Elite Masters Runner

Spirit Run Supporter Since 1990

 

  • USATF National Champion 5000m 19943 time Olympian, 80, 84, 88, 1500 meters
  • USATF 1500m, 5th, 1991, Cross Country 2nd, 1993.  Qualified for Olympic trials in 800m, 1500m and 5000m
  • American Record Holder, Marathon Relay
  • NCAA Champion 3000m 1982
  • National High School Kinney (Footlocker) XC Champion 1980
  • CT State 800 (2:13.06), mile (4:42.6), 2 mile (9:59.37) champion
  • CT State Cross Country Champion 1979 and 1980
  • USATF (TAC) National High School 3000m champion 1981
  • Personal records:  800m (2:03), 1500m (4:11), Mile (4:27), 3000m (8.57), 5000m (15:45), 10,000m (32.57)
  • Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame 2002
  • Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame 2011
  • Cover of Runner’s World 7 times

 

Julie Ertel – Olympic Silver Medalist, Three Time Olympian (Two Sports), Olympic Team Captain, Olympic Trials Winner

Spirit Run Supporter Since 2003

 

  • Olympic Silver Medalist Women’s Water Polo 2000
  • Captain and starter Olympic Women’s Water Polo Team, 1995-2001
  • Pan Am Games Silver Medalist Women’s Water Polo, 1999
  • Pan Am Games Gold Medalist Triathlon, 2003, 2007
  • Olympic Trials Winner Triathlon, 2008
  • Olympic Games 2008
  • Haul to the Great Wall National Series Champion Triathlon 2004, 2005, 2007
  • Pacific Grove Triathlon and San Diego International Triathlons 1st Professional, 2016 and 2015
  • USA Track & Field 8k Championship 1st Place, 2016
  • Carlsbad 5k, 1st Masters, 2016, 2nd Masters 2015
  • Possabilities Triathlon – 1st Overall 2015

Jorge Jabaz – Concordia University Coach, Elite Coordinator Cal Coast Elite, All American 

Spirit Run Supporter Since 2003

 

  • 2 time All American Cross Country & Track & Field
  • 2 time Golden State Athletic Conference Champion 1500 and 5000 meters
  • 2 time NAIA Cross Country National Champion Team Member
  • Personal records include 49.3, 1:51, 3:46, 8:18, 14:04, 24:10, and 30:40 in 400, 800, 1500, 3000, 5000, 8000, 10000 5000 meters, respectively
  • Personal records include 3:53 and 4:04 in mile on road and track, respectively
  • Personal records include 53 and 1:10 in 10 miles and half marathon, respectively
  • Distance Coach at Concordia University Irvine 5 years

WELCOME OTHER ELITE ATHLETES

Annie St. Geme Beck – Strava Track Club

 

  • All American, 2 time California State Champion, 6 time CIF champion at CDM High
  • Personal records include 15:50 for 5000 meters, 9:04 for 3000 meters, 4:17 for 1500m
  • 9:04 3000 meters winning time at Joensuu Games in Finland was 4th fastest outdoor 3k for US women last year

 

 

 

 

 

Ayla Granados – Strava Track Club

 

 

 

  • All American at Chico State over 1500m
  • 6th at the US road mile championships in 2016
  • Personal record of 16:10 for 5000m on the roads

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collin Leibold – Strava Track Club

 

 

 

  • Personal record of 4:02 in the mile
  • Sub 14;00 minutes for 5000 meter on the track

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Carlyle Vander Zalm – Strava Track Club

  • Standout at Oregon State over 1500 and 5000 meters
  • Personal record in the 1500 meters of 4:12 at the prestigious Heusden Zolder meet in the Netherlands summer 2016
  • 7th seventh in 1500 meters at the Canadian Olympic Trials.

Tori Tsolis – Strava Track Club

  • All Big West at UCSB
  • Personal record in the 1500 meters of 4:16
  • Ran a smoking fast 4:24 at the State Street Mile in Santa Barbara

Matt Leach – Strava Track Club

  • 8th fastest British male over 10,000 meters last year, where he set personal record in 1500 of 3:47 and 5000 meters as well.

Neville Davey – Strava Track Club

  • One of the nation’s top 40+ middle distance athletes.
  • 1st in the exhibition masters 1500m at the US Olympic Trials, over one of the strongest fields ever assembled
  • Top five individual finish at the 40+ race for the USATF Club Cross Country Championships December 2016.

 Reid Buchanon – Mammoth Track Club

  • Champion 2016 Cork City Games 3,000 meter, 7:52.49 (July 2016, Dublin)
  • 5th Place NCAA 10,000 meter Championships 29:13:40
  • Champion 2016 West Coast Invitational 10,000 meters, 29:18
  • 6x All Big XII Honors (5 x Track & Field, 1 x Cross Country)
  • Personal record of 3:42 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 7:52 in the 3000 meters
  • Personal record of 13:48 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 29:13 in the 1500 meters

Jose Madera – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 3:50 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 8:18 in the 3000 meters
  • Personal record of 14:11 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 29:07 in the 10000 meters

Isidore Herrera – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 4:01 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 14:04 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 30:15 in the 10000 meters
  • 2009 and 2010 Moorpark College Track and Field MVR
  • 2010 UCSB Cross Country Outstanding Athlete Award Big West
  • Conference Championships 10th Place

Juan Paredes – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 3:45 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 8:23 in the 3000 meters
  • Personal record of 14:33 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 30:01 in the 10000 meters

Anthony Solis – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 14:08 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 29:40 in the 10000 meters

Sean Gildea – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 3:55 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 14:15 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 29:37 in the 10000 meters

Barron Maizland – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 3:50 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 14:41 in the 5000 meters

Roosevelt Cook – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 3:51 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 4:04 in the mile
  • Personal record of 8:23 in the 3000 meters
  • Personal record of 14:30 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 30:05 in the 10000 meters

Josh Gomez – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 3:54 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 4:14 in the mile
  • Personal record of 14:32 in the 5000 meters

Josh Espinoza – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 3:49 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 4:11 in the indoor mile
  • Personal record of 14:31 in the 5000 meters

Robert Blackwell – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 3:54 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 15:48 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 33:50 in the 10000 meters

Makenna Smith – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 4:22 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 4:43 in the mile
  • Personal record of 9:16 in the 3000 meters
  • Personal record of 16:11 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 34:54 in the 10000 meters

Hanna Hermansson – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 4:18 in the 1500 meters

Valerie Sanchez – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 4:25 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 4:38 in the mile
  • Personal record of 16:33 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 35:11 in the 10000 meters

Karis Frankian – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 4:32 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 5:00 in the mile
  • Personal record of 9:48 in the 3000 meters
  • Personal record of 16:34 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 34:35 in the 10000 meters

Ashley Bell – Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 4:34 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 9:57 in the 3000 meters
  • Personal record of 16:35 in the 5000 meters
  • Personal record of 36:49 in the 10000 meters

Arielly Conde– Cal Coast Elite

  • Personal record of 4:31 in the 1500 meters
  • Personal record of 4:40 in the mile
  • Personal record of 16:50 in the 5000 meters

Please check back in the coming weeks for more pictures and bios of Spirit Run Elite Athletes.